The state government of Kerala signed an agreement with the Netherlands for the Cosmos Malabaricus project. The deadline fixed for the completion of the project is six years.
The project was signed to bring more truths about the history of the southern state between 1643 and 1852 and also to establish paint academics at Kollam and Malappuram.
The project would help understand more about the political, social, economic and cultural history of Kerala. The project is to make the digitized Dutch archival material accessible to international and Indian scholars and the people of Kerala. The students from Kerala would get an opportunity to pursue Master of Arts programmes at Leiden University, as part of this project.
Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) is the implementing agency of the Cosmos Malabaricas project in association with the National Archives of the Netherlands and the University of Leiden. KCHR functions under the Department of Higher Education. They will focus on developing their digital Dutch and English language inventories and familiarising Indian archivists and historians
The representatives from both sides who signed the agreement were Mr.Pinarayi Vijayan - CM of Kerala - and Mr.Marten van den Berg - Netherlands Ambassador to India.
The new Paint Academy will be established at the IIICC campus at Chavara, Kollam will impart training in painting buildings. The academy will train 380 people in the first year.